and Wasp Factsheet
Bees are one of the most important
insects on earth for humans, but they can also cause major problems.
Bees pollinate flowers and plants, but they can also establish
themselves in places where they can become a nuisance and even a
danger to you, your friends, your coworkers, or your family.
Each type of bee has its own habits and
causes its own problems.
These are generally the most harmless
form of bees. They are not aggressive unless you disturb their nest
or pose a threat to them. Bumblebees are fatter than most other kinds
of bees, and they are known for their trademark black and golden
stripes. Bumblebees, unlike Honeybees, can sting multiple times.
Bumblebees often form uncomplicated
nests out of whatever materials they can find around. Because of
this, they can establish themselves in homes very easily. There have
even been cases where Bumblebees have built their nests in old
mattresses discarded in basements and attics. They generally have
small nests of no more than fifty.
Honeybees look very similar to
Bumblebees, but are generally much smaller. Honeybees form very large
colonies, regularly as large as 25,000 bees in a nest. They are not
aggressive unless threatened. Honeybees are the only type of bee or
wasp that can only sting once before dying.
Wasps have the most painful stings of
any bee-like insect that is commonly found. Unlike Bumblebees and
Yellow Jackets, Wasps tend to be either black, brown, or red in
color. They are much longer and leaner than Bumblebees, and one of
their defining features is their drooping legs. Wasps are much more
aggressive than bees, and will sting when agitated in the slightest.
Wasp nests are generally large enough
to house themselves, and leave enough room to lay eggs and allow the
newborn Wasps to develop. Wasps feed on other insects primarily, and
their nests can be found practically anywhere, although they do have
a tendency to target attics and overhangs.
Yellow Jacket Information
Yellow Jackets share the distinctive
coloring of Bumblebees, but they are distinctively shiny and have
very few bristles on their bodies compared to Bumblebees. Yellow
Jackets are very small.
Yellow Jackets are strongly attracted
to sugar and sweet foods, so they often become a menace at picnics,
campsites, and tailgates. Yellow jackets aren't a big threat unless
they are agitated, but their small size and quick movements can often
cause you to accidentally stir their aggression.
Yellow Jackets live both in exposed
areas as well as underground and even inside homes! Exposed Yellow
Jackets build nests that are shaped like teardrops, made from paper
they made by digesting wood. If the Yellow Jacket Nest is hidden, all
you will see is a hole in the ground or Yellow Jackets flying into
and out of the dwelling.
Hornets are very similar to Wasps,
although they look very different. They are the largest of the common
stinging insects, as well as the most aggressive. Hornets are
generally either gold and black, like Bumblebees, or they are mostly
black with patches of white.
Unlike Yellow Jackets, hornets feed
exclusively on other insects. They build paper nests like Yellow
Jackets, but their nests are always exposed. Generally, these nests
are shaped similarly to fat footballs, and the nests are usually
established in shrubbery and trees, rather than on buildings